The Speedway Solid Waste Management Commission would like to thank all those who made the First Annual Speedway Community Day and Parade such a success. We were blessed with beautiful weather, a little breeze, and an incredible parade.

The Motegi, Japan 8th Graders participated in the parade to encourage recycling and remind residents that October 6th is heavy trash drop off day at the street department. The students are providing pick up service for Speedway residents unable to get their items to the street department. They will be leaving for Motegi, Japan on October 30. We should be proud of these outstanding students and SWMC applaudes their community service.

SSWMC would like to thank the following individuals and organizations who helped make the Speedway Recycles Booth so much fun. Thanks to Herman Greenwood for his donation for balloons and candy, as well as HIP Studios who also made a donation to cover printing expenses. Also, Mr. Greenwood, Steve Arisman, and the 500 Optimist Club for the donation of 2 tents. The shade was greatly appreciated. Thanks to Praxair Surface Technologies for the donation of helium for the balloons. Thanks also to Best Way Recycling for their donation of bags, coloring books, crayons and balloons!

Thank you to Wendy Goss, who did such an incredible job with our t-shirts; Nora Hinsley, who arranged for recycle containers from Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. Nora has been a wealth of information and a great sounding board for ideas. Thanks to Andrea McCaughey and all her efforts securing donations for our "guess the number of poptabs" contest, including, Dance Legacy, Hip Studios, Palimino's, IPL, Renu Salon & Day Spa and The Tan Company. Thank you to my husband, Michael, for keeping my computer and printer humming and for tolerating my recycling and repurposing habit! Finally thanks to Mr. Carmichael and the 7th and 8th grade boys football team for manpower in setting up on Saturday morning. They were a great extra set of hands!

Thank you can't do justice for the great work the Parade committee did by puting this together so quickly. With 12 months to play, 2008 will be incredible!

Respectfully Submitted, Christie Manion, Speedway Solid Waste Management Commission